Tan Kai (left) attending the emergency meeting at the Kuching Resident's Office on March 28.

KUCHING: In an effort to assist the low-income groups here to overcome difficulties posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, the state government has called for immediate action to be taken by the Welfare Department.

Yesterday, Tan Kai, a political secretary to the Chief Minister, revealed that the first batch of residents in southern Kuching namely Padungan, Pending, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Batu Kitang and Batu Kawa who require food aid has been submitted to the Kuching Resident’s Office.

“In the last two days, we managed to collect 13,500 names and their respective information. The list has been submitted to the Welfare Department through the Kuching Resident’s Office,” he said.

Tan Kai said the groups were greatly affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide movement control order (MCO).

It is learnt that Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) branches, service centres and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component parties namely Parti Pesaka Bumi Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) had completed the first batch of name and information collection within two days after an emergency meeting was held at the Kuching Resident’s Office on March 28.

“The task was assisted by various community leaders, village security and development committees (JKKKs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“We hope those requiring assistance will contact our branches, community leaders and JKKKs,” he added.